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Tuesday, April 3rd (All times eastern)

Dallas Mavericks (61-12) at Sacramento Kings (30-42), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The NBA-best Dallas Mavericks try to get back on the winning track, as they visit the fading Sacramento Kings tonight at ARCO Arena.

The Mavericks are the top seed in the Western Conference playoff race and play the middle contest of a three-game road trip. On Sunday, Leandro Barbosa paced a balanced Phoenix attack with 29 points as the Suns toppled the Mavericks, 126-104, at US Airways Center.

Josh Howard poured in 28 points and grabbed seven boards, while veteran Jerry Stackhouse contributed 25 points off the bench for the Mavericks, who had a nine-game winning streak halted. Dirk Nowitzki added 21 points, six rebounds and six assists and Jason Terry scored 20 for Dallas, which shot 45.6 percent from the field.

The Mavericks are an impressive 28-8 on the road this season. They will visit Allen Iverson and the Denver Nuggets on Friday at the Pepsi Center.

Sacramento has qualified for the postseason eight straight years, but is in serious jeopardy of having that streak halted. The Kings are 5 1/2 games behind the eighth-seeded Clippers for the final spot in the Western Conference.

The Kings enter tonight's contest on a two-game losing streak. Maurice Evans scored 21 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over Sacramento, 126-103, on Sunday at the Staples Center.

Ron Artest scored 26 points in the loss for the Kings, while Kevin Martin ended with 23 points. John Salmons netted 16 and Brad Miller added 12 points and seven boards for Sacramento, which has dropped 10 of its last 12 games overall.

Sacramento is 19-16 at home this season. It has dropped four of its last five games at ARCO Arena. The Kings are scheduled to visit the Nuggets on Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the campaign between the squads. Dallas won all three contests this season, four in a row and 12 of the last 15 meetings.

Dallas has won two of three and three of its last five at Sacramento.

04/03 11:07:46 ET

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